Alice Waters versus King Corn
Old and New Approaches to the Politics of Food
Earlier this week I attended a couple of food-centric events: The first was a private complimentary screening of King Corn hosted by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture. (Yes, I accepted a rare freebie.) The second was a conversation between Alice Waters, Calvin Trillin & Ruth Reichl. (I bought my tickets yonks ago - this show was sold out way back in the Summer some time).
Is Alice out of Touch? (paraphrased)
Audience Question:"I was wondering if you even need to take out food, and if so, what do you eat on the go?"
Alice Waters: "Of course I take food to go, I would never get on a plane without my own food. I get my takeout from Chez Panisse. I even do my shopping there."
Are the King Corn Guys more on your Wavelength? (paraphrased)
Audience Question:"How have your eating habits changed since making the movie?"
For shame, Curt Ellis, get yourself a takeout from Chez Panisse next time you travel!
I am at least 75% committed to eating locally, but she made me feel like an inadequate failure. How can any of us ever be as perfect as Alice?
I think I'd rather hang out with Curt and Ian. They are trying to make a difference in the world and they are keeping it real at the same time. I hope they reach an audience with what they are aiming to do.
If you want to watch a charming movie about the industrialization of food in the USA, King Corn opens tomorrow night in San Francisco at the Red Vic Movie House and runs until November 8th.
If you can't make it out to the theater - King Corn will be airing on PBS in April. Mark your calendars now.